Title: Hana Khan Carries On
Author: Uzma Jalaluddin
Publisher: Harper Avenue
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants
Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters.
When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all.
As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be.
From one of my favorite tropes, i.e., from enemies to lover’s trope done right! Hana Khan Carries on is entertaining, hilarious and an emotional roller coaster ride set in Toronto. It was a whirlwind of so many emotions clubbed together from drama to love, from heart-wrenching pain to forgiveness. I read the synopsis and I thought this is going to be my type of book.
Hana Khan a 24-years-old girl who aspires to tell her family’s stories on public radio and is trying hard to convert her internship into a full-time paying job at one of the biggest radio stations in Toronto. Born and brought up in the Golden Crescent neighborhood of Toronto, she is residing there along with her mother, father, sister Fazeela and her brother-in-law Fahim. Having running Three Sisters Biryani Poutine for the last 15 years, the only halal-restaurant in the Golden Crescent, now Hana’s family is having complications and struggling to keep up with the failing restaurant as the number of customers are decreasing day-by-day. To top it all enters a handsome and smart competitor in Golden Crescent who is ready to open up his halal-restaurant bringing the inescapable closure of Hana’s restaurant even closer.
In an attempt to save her restaurant, she turns to her anonymous podcast – Ana’s Brown Girl Rambles and seeks advice from the most loyal, lively, and ardent listener of hers – Stanley P. But a hate-striving attack against Hana (just because she’s a Muslim) turns her world upside down. Things get too complicated after her increasing attraction and charm towards her sole rival and handsome competitor Aydin Shah, who might not what he pretends to be.
Hana Khan Carries on is not just a simple enemies-to-lovers story but a lot more is going on there. The author manages to balance a cute love story along with more serious undertones that are widespread in the Muslim community. The book runs deep on the premise of racism that is very much still happening around the world even in the 21st century. Coming to the story, it is about finding your voice and taking a stand for what you believe in.
In the first half, Hana Khan is somewhat shown as a timid girl but later we can see her character developing into a fearless and courageous woman. She wants to help her family in whatever way she can along with achieving success at their workplace. Hana’s character is real and inspiring and it gave me a glimpse into different communities. The narration and the language were engaging and lucid. Overall enjoyed this book thoroughly.
Hana Khan Carries on is the story of self-discovery, finding your voice among the crowd, and standing up to your values and convictions. And if you are a person looking for, a love story that focuses on family, food, culture, commitment, involving diverse communities, then this book is perfect for you. Go, read and devour it!
Trigger Warnings – Racism, Islamophobia, Hate crimes, Bullying, etc.
Favourite quotes from HANA KHAN CARRIES ON:
“My father says that trying to stop hate is like trying to stop the tides,” Rashid said. “The best thing you can do is take advantage of it. Don’t stop the tide from flowing. Build a hydroelectric dam and make electricity instead, enough to power ten thousand houses. That’s how you stop hate.”
“No one knows when the dark days will descend, only that they come for us all”
“Welcome to Regretsville. The rent is high and the amenities are pitiful, but at least you can wallow amongst beautiful company.“
I am the author of AYESHA AT LAST (2018), a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in a Toronto Muslim community. My second novel HANA KHAN CARRIES ON (2021) is inspired by the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’ and set in rival halal restaurants. I also write a funny parenting column for The Toronto Star, and have written for The Atlantic. I live in Toronto with my husband and two sons. Find out more at www.uzmajalaluddin.com and thanks for visiting!
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